Last night I had supper with a university professor who had just returned from the American Academy of Religion conference in San Antonio that annually brings together more than 10,000 religion professors, authors and students. The professor talked about the feeling of sadness that had permeated the meetings in the wake of the election results and said it was striking to see how many of the speakers while presenting their academic research and papers to the conference began to weep. It inspired me to look for words that might offer encouragement and to go through my photo collection to find related images.
This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. – Toni Morrison
I just want you to know you have to stay encouraged. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. -Barack Obama
Everytime we think we have reached our capacity to meet a challenge we look up and we realize that capacity may be limitless. This is a time for heroes. We will do what is hard. – President Bartlett on West Wing
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart. -Ed Koch
Inspite of everything I still believe people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank
In a time of destruction, create something- Maxine Kingston
Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. – John F. Kennedy
Without the dark we would never see the stars. – Stephanie Meyers
Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
― Langston Hughes